“Pontea is in a league of her own. With fresh and exciting electronic beats and delicate vocals, she has really caught our attention.” – NeuFutur
Los Angeles native DIY electro-pop artist, Pontea (pronounced Pon-ta), radiates fervor as her heart lives in the place that broke away from her familiar cultural norms. Growing up in a fairly traditional Persian-American home, Pontea went through her early life conflicted between others’ expectations and her own truth. Playing piano since she was seven, Pontea took up music and the arts as a liberating outlet of self-expression. Throughout her youth, she would experiment with performing as a dancer, actress, and musician, but her aching for music truly took over after receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from UCLA. That’s when she made the veracious decision to break through the limiting standards of a woman’s role in her culture and pursue her passion full time.
Surrounding herself with talented friends and collaborators, Pontea’s DIY approach has seen constant growth since late last year. Building on a loyal fan base stemming from a handful of self-produced cover videos that have garnered over 100K views on YouTube, and having released her debut EP “Unpredictable” last year, it’s no question that her following is on an upward swing.
Pontea has performed coast to coast, known for her captivating presence and multi-form shows that feature spontaneous beat boxing, serving as a testament to her eclectic flare. Her live performances blend electronic and acoustic sounds, while also combining a variety of styles from Hip-Hop, Latin, House, and most recently, Persian elements, keeping her audience glued to her every move.
Kicking off a batch of new releases, Pontea not only showcases her infectious songwriting and vocal abilities, but also explores her Persian heritage in her music for the first time. Her Farsi flows are featured in a few of her tracks are a unique surprise as they organically follow the lush soundscapes of ambient synths interwoven with soulful R&B and indie-electro vibes, elevating her creations to new heights while creating undeniable global appeal.
The fully immersive experience of music has given Pontea a deep sense of empowerment, and she hopes to use her journey to inspire young women to follow their hearts and share their voices in the face of adversity.